Bowling Green Marks One Year Since Breonna Taylor's Death

Mar 15, 2021

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary since Louisville police killed EMT Breonna Taylor during a raid on her home.

Several Bowling Green area residents gathered Saturday at the SoKY Marketplace to hold their own remembrance of Taylor's Life.

First-term Bowling Green City Commissioner Carlos Bailey was among those who spoke at the memorial.

He said proposals like a ban on no-knock search warrants like the one that led to Taylor's death can protect both citizens and officers.

"We want to protect people but also want to protect law enforcement as well. But we also want to make sure that people are held accountable when things do go awry. So hopefully, we've been talking behind the scenes and hopefully those conversations have been productive," Bailey said.

He pointed out he was happy to see Bowling Green Police Chief Michael Delaney and Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower at the event as well. Bailey said local law enforcement has been receptive during talks.

Briana Buckner, who sang during the event, said she's not satisfied with the progress made since calls for social justice erupted last summer.

"I think there [are] more things that need to be done. Especially with getting convictions and people receiving the...punishment that they deserve for what they did to her and taking her life. Nobody deserves to die in that manner. Especially not at a young age," Buckner said.

Only one officer involved in the raid on Taylor's apartment is facing charges of any kind.

Former Louisville Metro Police Det. Brett Hankison faces three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into Taylor's neighbor's apartment.

Friday, State Rep. Attica Scott (D-Louisville) announced she had filed a House Resolution calling for U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to open its own investigation into the case.